- to yield or formally surrender to another: to cede territory.
Origin of cede
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Examples from the Web for ceding
Democrats dig in their heels, certain that ceding ground to “the crazies” will set a dangerous precedent of retreat.Cliven Bundy Is Angry—Just Like the Rest of Us
April 19, 2014
And she may be ceding her title as the most powerful woman in tech.Is Sheryl Sandberg Leaning Out at Facebook?
June 14, 2013
Between 2008 and 2012, the GOP base moved sharply to the right, ceding massive ground to President Obama.No, I'm Pretty Sure Mitt Romney 'Gets It'
March 4, 2013
God in Baba Metziah, unimpressed by His own miracles, and ceding authority to the winner of rabbinic debate?In A Very Deep Way: Remembering Rabbi David Hartman
February 21, 2013
He lost three contests, Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota, ceding a full news cycle to Rick Santorum, who swept the trio.Don’t Be Fooled, It’s Still Mitt
February 8, 2012
To decide questions of exchanging or ceding a portion of the territory of Bulgaria.Bulgaria
One by one the States were redeeming their promises and ceding their western lands.Union and Democracy
But with the Americans were associated the making of treaties and the ceding of land.Old Fort Snelling
Marcus L. Hansen
Since that very little has been said about ceding it to the crown.
A treaty with Spain ceding back Louisiana to France after forty years.The Crossing
- (when intr, often foll by to) to transfer, make over, or surrender (something, esp territory or legal rights)the lands were ceded by treaty
- (tr) to allow or concede (a point in an argument, etc)
Word Origin and History for ceding
1630s, from French céder or directly from Latin cedere "to yield, give place; to give up some right or property," originally "to go from, proceed, leave," from Proto-Italic *kesd-o- "to go away, avoid," from PIE root *ked- "to go, yield" (cf. Sanskrit sedhati "to drive; chase away;" Avestan apa-had- "turn aside, step aside;" Greek hodos "way," hodites "wanderer, wayfarer;" Old Church Slavonic chodu "a walking, going," choditi "to go"). Related: Ceded; ceding. The sense evolution in Latin is via the notion of "to go away, withdraw, give ground."